2011 County Production Figures In; PCG Area

Produced 1.81 Million Upland Bales

Friday, May 11, 2012                           By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The last bit of data for the 2011 cotton crop was released earlier this week, finalizing one of the most disastrous years in the history of Plains Cotton Growers. National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that High Plains growers produced about 1.81 million bales of cotton last year, a significant decrease from the 5.3 million 480-pound bales produced during the 2010 growing season and slightly lower than the 1.88 million bales projected by NASS in their January 2012 report.

      Planted acreage in 2011 was up over 2010, totaling about 4.5 million acres planted, but producers were only able to bring 1.54 million acres to harvest. High Plains producers reported harvesting 3,523,600 acres in 2010.

      The abandonment rate from initial plantings was the highest in PCG's history at 66 percent for the 2011 crop. This was a complete turnaround from 2010, when it was only 4.35 percent and the lowest in PCG's history.

      According to the final county level production estimates released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) on May 10, the Plains Cotton Growers 41-county service area accounted for just more than half of the 3.5 million bales of Upland cotton produced in Texas last season.

      On a national basis, Texas growers accounted for 23.8 percent of the 14.7 million Upland bales produced in the United States in 2011, maintaining their position as the No. 1 cotton producing state in the nation. Georgia was second with 2.465 million bales.

      A complete rundown of 2011 crop statistics for planted and harvested acreage, yield per harvested acre and total bales produced in PCG's 41-county service area is included in the table that accompanies this article.

      Hale County was once again the top-producing county on the High Plains, with 213,100 480-pound bales of cotton and averaging 674 pounds per harvested acre. Overall yield per harvested acre on the High Plains averaged 577 pounds in 2011, down from 725 in 2010.

      Joining Hale County in the top ten cotton-producing counties in the High Plains Region (reported in 480-lb bales) were: Floyd, 140,900; Lubbock, 117,000; Gaines, 115,100; Lamb, 114,100; Lynn, 106,600; Terry, 94,900; Crosby, 79,400; Hockley, 79,100; and Parmer, 74,250.

      As for yield, Sherman County was the top-yielding county for 2011, producing 941 pounds per harvested acre. Ranking second and third in yield per harvested acre were Moore County (892 pounds), and Hutchinson County (831 pounds). Castro and Hartley rounded out the top five High Plains counties.

      Fortunately for growers, conditions for 2012 are shaping up to be better than 2011 so far, with much-needed rainfall filling rain gauges in southern portions of the PCG service area up to three inches in some locations. Planting is in full force and some cotton is up and on its way to a good stand. Cooler temperatures shouldn't have much of an effect, experts said at the PCG Advisory Group meeting on Friday, and this week's rainfall is timely for planting. Some isolated instances of cottonseed being washed out were reported in Gaines County.

      A complete listing of the 2011 Upland cotton production totals for Texas and other states is available on the NASS website (http://www.nass.usda.gov). Just click on the "Quick Stats" link to search for the data you want to find.

 

2011-crop Upland Cotton Production

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. 41-County Service Area

County

Planted
(Acres)

Harvested
(Acres)

Yield per

Harv. Acre

Production
(Bales)

Andrews

Armstrong

Bailey

108,400

31,100

526

34,100

Borden

Briscoe

58,600

17,200

500

17,900

Carson

59,800

25,800

722

38,800

Castro

80,500

45,200

743

70,000

Cochran

162,400

61,100

371

47,200

Crosby

237,000

86,300

442

79,400

Dallam

11,000

10,400

429

9,300

Dawson

351,600

64,800

504

68,000

Deaf Smith

70,200

18,500

506

19,500

Dickens

32,000

6,100

433

5,500

Floyd

236,000

108,900

621

140,900

Gaines

346,500

110,500

500

115,100

Garza

49,100

10,600

430

9,500

Hale

301,900

151,800

674

213,100

Hansford

25,600

23,300

649

31,500

Hartley

15,500

14,300

732

21,800

Hemphill

Hockley

299,000

88,700

428

79,100

Howard

Hutchinson

14,300

13,000

831

22,500

Lamb

207,200

88,600

618

114,100

Lipscomb

Lubbock

309,500

114,800

489

117,000

Lynn

345,200

75,900

674

106,600

Martin

189,600

15,600

526

17,100

Midland

31,400

9,800

666

13,600

Moore

28,500

22,700

892

42,200

Motley

Ochiltree

21,000

15,400

580

18,600

Oldham

Parmer

86,400

50,200

710

74,250

Potter

Randall

8,600

2,600

554

3,000

Roberts

Sherman

29,800

28,300

941

55,500

Swisher

142,400

61,900

555

71,600

Terry

293,500

94,200

484

94,900

Yoakum

161,300

54,300

421

47,600

Combined Counties

191,100

18,200

436

14,550

High Plains Total

4,504,900

1,540,100

580

weighted)

1,813,800

Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service;
= Zero Production or production aggregated into Combined Counties

REMINDER: SURE Signup for 2010 Crop Ends June 1!

Producers and landowners in designated disaster counties or contiguous counties should contact their FSA office as soon as possible!

 

 

AgriLife Extension Cotton Resource

Updated, Improved

Friday, May 11, 2012                     From AgriLife TODAY

      The 2011 Cotton Resources DVD is ready in time for cotton producers headed to the fields, according to Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas AgriLife Extension Service state cotton agronomist in College Station.

      "This is an educational delivery tool developed for producers, consultants, ginners and the cotton industry as a 'one-stop shop' for all information related to cotton," Morgan said.

      The general topics address production, seed and feed, decision-aids, irrigation, fertility, insects, weeds, disease and nematodes, harvest, fiber quality and ginning, economics, Internet resources and a photo gallery.

      The DVD's first edition came out in 2003, was updated in 2007 and now it has been refreshed once again, Morgan said.

      "This time, we've added videos on scouting cotton for insect pests, and we added some decision-aide tools for pests," he said. "Also, we talk about use of cottonseed as a feed product."

      Morgan said they have added a section on "Kids' Educational Materials" for producers or others who might be asked to present to a children's school class.

      Copies of the DVD are available by contacting Morgan at 979-845-2425 or gmorgan@ag.tamu.edu, or you can access the information online at http://cotton.tamu.edu.

      Morgan said the DVD was originally made because of poor Internet access in areas, but now a producer can easily put the information on a laptop, either with the DVD or by accessing it straight from the website.

      "There are no restrictions about distributing the information to anyone and everyone that might find it useful," he said.

      This project was funded by Cotton Incorporated through the Texas State Support Committee. The DVD was developed by Morgan, with contributions from other AgriLife Extension and Texas AgriLife Research faculty and staff from across the state.

 

THE COTTON USA ADVANTAGE

Friday, May 11, 2012 From Cotton Council International

COTTON USA Western Hemisphere Sourcing Fair connects U.S. mills with retailers and apparel manufacturers

      The Sourcing Fair was the second to take place in Colombia and was organized to take advantage of the recent FTA between Colombia and United States. The Sourcing Fair included a conference session with a panel of experts who addressed important textile and apparel agreements for Latin America and Europe, the cotton price situation and an outlook on Western Hemisphere textile, U.S. retail and apparel and Latin American retail and apparel.

      Following the seminar, the U.S. mills and retailers met with Mexican and Andean textile and apparel executives in private meetings to discuss business opportunities. Approximately 700 individual meetings took place at the fair. Cotton Incorporated also supported the event by answering questions about cotton product developments.

 

U.S. cotton home textile promotions in China open opportunities for more U.S. cotton in the supply chain

      COTTON USA joined with Shanghai Imagine Home Furnishings Co., Ltd. to promote their U.S. cotton products at three home textile trade shows in Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The joint promotion with COTTON USA at the three trade shows helped to attract visitors, buyers and media attention. According to Shanghai Imagine, their booths attracted 29,300 visitors in the three trade shows and 134 new distributor contracts were signed. It is anticipated that 30,000 sets of beddings and window curtains labeled with the COTTON USA Mark will be sold through the new distribution channels.

 

COTTON USA sponsors the eighth Textile Forum in Peru

      ADEX, the Peru Exporters Association, organized the event, which attracted 210 industry attendees including important U.S. cotton consumers. The event covered topics such as marketing strategies for the fashion world and Brazilian, Japanese, Danish and Netherlands market opportunities. Also, a panel of experts discussed the current textile situation in Peru. The COTTON USA Mark was highlighted throughout the event via the ADEX website, banners and branded materials provided to participants such as notebooks, pens and folders.

 

COTTON USA signs two new licensees in Thailand

      Cannon and Linen House licensed 48,550 towels with the COTTON USA Mark, the equivalent of 78 U.S. cotton bales. The new licensees joined COTTON USA to train 61 salespeople on the advantages of cotton, U.S. cotton and products labeled with the COTTON USA Mark. Participants scored 97 percent on post-tests administered after the presentations to measure effectiveness and their understanding. One hundred percent of the participants agreed that they would join this type of seminar if held again.

 

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